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How to get the most out of your smart watch

11 May 2020

Have a smart watch but don’t use it to its full potential? You’re not alone! We’ve outlined some tips to help you get the most out of your smart watch.

While there are a range of smart watches on the market, many people fall into Team Apple or Team Samsung. The tips below will hopefully help you supercharge your smart watch experience.

 

Don’t overlook the simple things

  • Add your personality and customise the watch face. You’re the one who has to look at it everyday!
  • Uninstall apps that you don’t use on your smart watch, it’ll free up memory and reduce any lag you might be experiencing.
  • Disable notifications on your watch that you don’t need to get, as they will just annoy you.
  • Disable the always on screen. You don’t need to have your watch face visible all the time, and having it on uses up the battery. Instead have the watch face appear when you tilt or tap the watch.
  • Reorganise the apps and shortcuts to make it more effective for your use and personal preferences.
  • Use your smart watch to control music playback.
  • Use the control centre – where you can see how much battery life you have left, check and change what mode it’s in, ping your phone (if you can’t find it), disable/enable cellular, etc.

 

Use your smart watch like you would your smart phone or smart speaker

Talk to your smart watch. Use the voice assistant, just like on your phone or smart speaker. Hey Siri! Hi Bixby! Hey Google! Ask it questions or give it commands, like what the weather forecast is, what’s in your calendar for tomorrow, add milk to your shopping list, set a cooking timer, and so on. The cooking timer is particularly handy!

 

Find the right apps to suit your lifestyle

Take a look through the standard fitness and health trackers that come already installed on your smart watch. If they don’t cover what you need browse the app store and find the right app to suit your needs.

 

Pay for things instore

Talk about making daily life simple! With Apple Pay and Samsung Pay you can use your smart watch to tap and pay. Very helpful with the current need for contactless transactions in store. And you can take it to the next level by adding your store loyalty cards too.

 

Water lock mode

Taking a swim or hoping in the shower? Activate the water lock mode. Most Apple Watches and Samsung Galaxy Watches have it. It will prevent the water inadvertently activating something on the watch face.

 

Control other smart devices

Kitted out in Apple gear? From your Apple Watch you can unlock your Mac from your Apple Watch and control your Apple TV.

You can even control other smart devices and smart home accessories from your Apple Watch and Samsung Watch.

 

Just breathe

Both Apple and Samsung have apps that run your through a breathing exercise. Sometimes this is overlooked, yet this function plays an important role – it can help reduce your heart rate, and help you relax and manage stress.

Keep calm and breathe on!

 

Use your smart watch in an emergency

It pays to be prepared, and to know that you can use your smart watch in an emergency. From your Apple Watch you can call for help and alert an emergency contact. If you don’t have an Apple Watch with cellular, you will need to have your iPhone nearby or be connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Samsung Watches have a similar feature that enables you to send an SOS message with your location and how to track you for up to 1 hour.

If you have an Apple Watch Series 4 or later, you can also use the fall detection feature, which detects a hard fall and can help connect you with the emergency services if needed.

 

Looking for a new smart watch? Take a look at the Samsung and Apple smart watches we have available.

 

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Add an emergency contact to your locked iPhone

Add an emergency contact to your locked Samsung Galaxy

 

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